Overall Rating
Overall Rating (2 Reviews)
3.5
(2 Ratings)(2 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.5
SCENERY
3.5
PRODUCTION
4
SWAG
3
In 1993, Doug McKeever and Richard West invited their ultrarunning friends to join them on a favorite training run around Chuckanut Mountain, south of Bellingham. Twenty or so people participated that first year and the feedback was sufficiently positive that the run has continued and grown into an annual ‘fun … MORE
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    chapinwc FIRST-TIMER '16

    Race organizers rock and Krissy Moehl brings in great sponsors- course is lollipop with good mix of flat/fast and some tough technical sections MORE

    Race organizers rock and Krissy Moehl brings in great sponsors- course is lollipop with good mix of flat/fast and some tough technical sections

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    5

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    Duma FIRST-TIMER '16

    The good: This race starts in Fairhaven/Bellingham, which is a beautiful location with some good brewery options for a post-race meal. Parking was easy and spacious. The first 10K (which … MORE

    The good: This race starts in Fairhaven/Bellingham, which is a beautiful location with some good brewery options for a post-race meal. Parking was easy and spacious. The first 10K (which is the same as the last 10K) was relatively easy and it was nice to get a preview of the finish. The remaining 30k going up and down Chuckanut mountain is tough but scenic, and includes the famous ridge trail that is both fun and technical. The weather, which is typically bad according to veterans of this course, was perfect, with temps in the low- to mid-50s and no rain. And while a lack of training made this race particularly brutal for me, there were a number of other factors that left me feeling underwhelmed with this race. The aid stations seemed few and far between (although I was thrilled that they reduce waste by eliminating paper cups). I only saw one photographer- at the top of a section called ‘chin scraper’, where you basically crawl your way toward the camera. There is absolutely no swag from this race (unless you purchased a shirt… does that even qualify as swag if you buy it?). And I don’t typically care about medals (all of mine are in a shoebox or mixed in with the kids’ toys), but after finishing my first 50K, I really would have enjoyed getting something at the finish line, even if just a high-five or simply a photo of me finishing. I suppose if you are avid ultra runner, then you will probably enjoy the minimalist aspects of this race production. This was the first race I’ve done where I was completely underwhelmed at the finish.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    1

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